Monday, January 31, 2011

Valentine's Craft #8 Lollipop (

Colored card-stock Wiggly eyes
Red/white/pink suckers
Glitter/markers/crayons, if desired for decorating

1. Download Butterfly Valentine.
2. Print on colored card-stock. Pink and red are the best for this, but you can also use a variety of other colors if your child desires.
3. Cut out the butterfly and make slits for your sucker.
4. Add some decorations (cut out shapes of paper, stickers, glitter, etc.),
5. Insert sucker and then add some wiggly eyes to the top of the sucker.
6. Add a piece of tape to the back to keep the sucker securely in place.

Valentine's Craft #7 Marble (

done3 Valentines Day Craft Series: Conversation Marble Magnets

You’ll need:

  • Flat glass marbles
  • Light-colored card stock
  • Black fine-point Sharpie or a printer
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Small magnets
  • Hot glue gun
  • step11 Valentines Day Craft Series: Conversation Marble Magnets

    1. Write conversation heart sayings on paper, such as “hug me,” “kiss me,” “be mine,” etc. For gifts, you could also print out the words from your computer.

    2. Place a marble over the words and trace the marble lightly with a pencil.

    3. Cut out the circles, cutting the circle a little smaller than the tracing.

    4. Paint a light layer of Mod Podge onto the flat side of the marble. Put the paper circle in place and paint Mod Podge over that as well. Leave the marble with the round side down to dry.

    5. After the marble has dried, attach magnets to the back of the marbles using hot glue.

Valentine's Craft #6 Cupcake (

Cupcake Goodies

Fill flattened cupcake liners with candy for a treat you won't have to bake. The liners' pleats nicely frame scrap-art pictures or paper hearts (we used scalloping scissors to trim some). Use a craft punch or paper flowers to make cute borders.

Valentine's Craft #5 Candy Label (

Valentine's Day Treat Packages

To make these custom treat packages, cut out a picture of your child, scan it, and print onto heavyweight matte paper. Cut tags using pinking shears for the bottom edges, draw hearts, and stamp or write a message on each one. Fold the tags and tape them to cellophane bags filled with sweets.

Valentine's Craft #4 Yarn Card (

Yarn Heart Cards
Yarn Heart Cards How-To:

What you'll need: Colored cardstock, scissors, tape, needle, plastic child-safe tapestry needles, colored yarn

Make it: Parent: Cut a 4"x8" piece of cardstock and fold in half. Print a heart template, cut it out, and lightly tape to the front of the card. Unfold the card and lay it flat. Using the template as a guide, punch holes in the card with a needle; discard template. Child: Thread a tapestry needle with colored yarn and knot the end. Starting from the inside of the card, stitch yarn from side to side. Finish by knotting on the inside of the card and trimming any excess yarn

Valentine's Craft #3 Button Card (

Cute as a Button
Buttoned Up

Patterned paper, buttons, and string for hair create little figures that are, well, cute as a button.

Valentine's Craft #2 Wreath (

What you'll need:

  • 9" dinner plate or paper plate
  • Recycled cereal box or other thin cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Heart pattern
  • Construction paper: pink, purple, red, and blue
  • Markers, crayons or paint pens
  • Glue sticks
  • Yarn for hanger (optional)
  • Pattern

How to make it:

  1. Trace around the 9" plate onto the cardboard. (See photo.)
  2. Use your pen or pencil to draw another circle inside that one, about an inch away from the outside circle. (See photo.)
  3. Cut out the circle and the center of the circle to create a cardboard wreath base. (See photo.)
  4. Fold a piece of scrap paper in half. Using the heart pattern line up the fold line of the scrap paper with the dotted line of the pattern. Cut out the shape so that when you open it, you have a heart shape. (See photo.)
  5. Fold the short end of a piece of construction paper up about 3 inches. Place the folded heart around the folded paper and trace the half heart shape into the paper. You should be able to fit three hearts on the paper. Repeat this step for each colored piece of paper; you will have a total of 12 hearts. (See photo.)
  6. Cut out all the hearts and flatten out the creases so that the hearts lay flat. Using markers, crayons, or paint pens, write conversation candy phrases on the hearts such as "LOVE", "HUBBA HUBBA", "SWEET", "LOVE", "BE MINE", "KISS" and "PAL". (See photo.)
  7. Arrange your hearts on top of the cardboard wreath shape without gluing them down. Once you have them where you want them, use the glue stick to attach each one. (See photo.)
  8. You can hang the wreath as is or attach a piece of looped yarn to the back as a hanger.


  1. Paint pens are available from your local craft supply store.
  2. Instead of construction paper, you can use colorful cardstock for this project.
  3. Construction paper provides hours of fun and stimulates your child's imagination!

Valentine's Craft #1 Cupid (

What you'll need:

  • Cardboard tube
  • Acrylic paint: flesh (we used a peach color), pink, white, and black
  • Paint brush
  • 1" strip of white construction paper
  • 1 gold glitter chenille stem
  • 1 red glitter chenille stem
  • 1 silver glitter chenille stem
  • Pencil
  • Small scrap of peach felt
  • 2 cotton balls
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors

How to make it:

  1. Paint cardboard tube with flesh-colored paint and set aside to dry. (See image.)
  2. Bend about 2/3 of the gold chenille stem into a letter "D". (See image.) Twist to secure and trim the remaining long piece of chenille off to make the arrow, set aside.
  3. Bend the end of the red chenille stem into a small triangle; this will be the point of your arrow. Twist to secure and trim long end off. (See image.)
  4. Take remaining red chenille and bend the end into a red heart; this will be the back end of your arrow. Twist to secure and trim off excess. (See image.)
  5. Take the remaining piece of gold chenille that you set aside. Twist one end onto the arrowhead and one end onto the heart.
  6. Lay the bow on the table and glue the arrow across the front of it.
  7. Cut the silver chenille stem in half.
  8. Bend both halves into tear drop shapes and twist the ends to secure. (See image.)
  9. Apply some glue around the bottom of the painted cardboard tube, about an inch up from the bottom. Glue the 1" wide strip of white construction paper around the tube and trim any excess, this is Cupid's diaper. (See image.)
  10. Stand the tube on end, diaper toward the bottom. Poke a hole on each side of the tube with a pencil where you want the wings to go. Insert the twisted ends of the chenille wings into the holes.
  11. Unroll two cotton balls. (See image.) Place some glue on the ends of both cotton balls and attach to the top of the cardboard tube as the hair.
  12. Lay the cardboard tube down on its side, wings sticking out to the left and right.
  13. Glue the bow and arrow to the front of the cardboard tube. Allow to dry completely. (See image.)
  14. Cut two small circles from flesh-colored felt and glue to the front of the bow as the hands.
  15. Use a cotton swab or a roughed up paintbrush to dab some pink paint on for cheeks.
  16. Use the handle end of a paintbrush to dot on two white eyes. Let dry. (See image.)
  17. When white is dry, dot on black.


  • You may substitute two small wiggle eyes instead of painting the eyes on.
  • If you don't have peach felt, use the peach paint to paint a small piece of construction paper or cardboard and cut the circle hands from that.
  • Stock up on construction paper and felt for tons of fun projects!

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